The Assistant Director for Student Engagement is charged with developing programs and services designed to facilitate student involvement, enhance the overall student experience and positively impact student retention/satisfaction. The position provides direction and leadership to major student programming initiatives on campus and supervises student event staff. This position will supervise the Coordinator for Student Engagement and requires evening and weekend hours. The Assistant Director is a team member in the Student and Family Engagement unit and reports to the Director of Student and Family Engagement. Duties include:
Student Programs and Events
Work with student employees and campus partners to develop and execute campus wide events that are culturally relevant, student focused, and encourage the development of a vibrant student community on campus; serve as the primary supervisor for the Student Engagement Events Team (SEET) made up of 5 student event managers and 10 student event staff; facilitate the recruitment, selection, training of these student employees; lead bi-weekly student staff meetings to coordinate upcoming student events and staff scheduling; design, plan, and facilitate leadership development initiatives focused on topics such as creating learning outcomes, goal setting, event management and conflict resolution; create and sustain positive partnerships with both University service providers and contracted vendors; provide on-site supervision at all student events coordinated with student employees; negotiate contracts with performers and vendors; and assist student employees in generating offers, booking artists and vendors, and reviewing technical and hospitality riders.
Student Engagement Administrative Duties
Help develop short-term, long-term goals and objectives related to Student Engagement events; provide budgetary oversight and authority for Student Programs budget; ensure expenditures are appropriate and in accordance with established guidelines; coordinate campus-wide Student Programs Survey at the end of the fall and spring semesters to collect student feedback related to events and use survey data in planning events for the following semester; develop marketing strategies to maximize student participation in events; coordinate marketing materials (printed posters, graphics for social media, etc.) to advertise student events in accordance with the University's Editorial and Style Guidelines and Graphic Guidelines; conduct regular assessment of student events and use data to improve future events; and provide assessment information for presentations or reports when requested.
Coordinate the planning, marketing, and execution of the Student Engagement components of Summer Orientation; coordinate website updates for the office as needed; serve as the secondary moderator/approver for the Scrappy Listserv, the all-student email listserv; assist with other events and programs sponsored by the Office of Student and Family Engagement and Office of the Dean of Students; serve on office and divisional program initiatives and university committees; establish and maintain positive working relationships with campus partners and key stakeholders; stay abreast of current trends related to student activities; and perform other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
Knowledge of issues and challenges facing undergraduate students
Ability to develop and assess student learning outcomes related to student engagement/involvement
Experience with event planning, contract negotiation, leadership development, budget development and management, and motivating students
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
Knowledge of leadership development concepts
Ability to take initiative and work independently in setting priorities to ensure that responsibilities are carried out in an accurate and timely fashion
Ability and willingness to function as a member of a team
Commitment to continued personal and professional development
Ability to interact effectively with students, faculty, staff and community members of diverse backgrounds.
Review of applications will begin on April 26, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received bythis datewill receive priority consideration. In order to be considered for candidacy, submit a cover letter and resume in addition to the online application.
Internal Number: 215508
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an engaged, metropolitan university committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of the region through strategic partnerships and community involvement.